Newmarket Junior A Footballers produced a fine display in their final group game of the Nevin Cup against Boherbue to progress to the final of the competition. They overcame Boherbue on a score line of 1-11 to 1-3 in very tough conditions at Ballydesmond last Sunday.
Newmarket took the lead after six minutes when Kevin O’ Connor pointed from a free. Boherbue had two great goal chances prevented when the Newmarket custodian Niall O’ Connor made two fine saves to deny the opposition an early lead. Boherbue replied with a point on the ninth minute to level the teams. Once again the teams traded points on the thirteenth minute with Brian O’ Riordan punching over Newmarket’s point. This was Boherbue’s final score of the half. Kevin O’ Connor followed up with two more points from frees on the seventeenth and twentieth minutes. John Lane rounded off a good last ten minutes to the half with two points, one coming from a placed ball. This left the score line reading 6 points to 2 in Newmarket’s favour at the turnover.
Boherbue hit back early in the second half with a goal from close range. However the comeback was thwarted when Sean Doody replied with a goal of his own to cancel out Boherbue’s effort only a minute later. Newmarket took the initiative from here on in when Gerard Casey scored a great point off the outside of the boot eleven minutes into the second half. This was quickly followed by another Kevin O’Connor free and a fisted point from Anthony Crowley. Kevin O’Connor scored his first point from play with ten minutes to go. John Lane rounded of Newmarket scoring for the day with a point six minutes from time. Boherbue got a consolation point from a free with one minute to go and Newmarket ran out easy winners in the end with a score of 1-11 to 1-3.
The team played some good football over the hour. Niall O’Connor had a fine game in goals and his defence were very solid in front of him limiting Boherbue to only 1-3 altogether. Gerard Casey had a fine good game at midfield starting a lot of Newmarket moves throughout the game. Up front Kevin O’ Connor played well scoring a total of five points. Overall, Newmarket can be very happy with the result and can now look forward to a date with Knocknagree in the Nevin Cup Final. Newmarket won the Nevin Cup for the first time in the clubs history in 2004 and will hope they can make it two when they meet Knocknagree in the decider.
The Newmarket team was:
|Donnacha O’Dea||Mark Murphy||David Guiney|
|Trevor Murphy||Kevin O’Sullivan||Robert Stack|
|Gerard Casey (0-1)||Shane A Murphy|
|Sean Doody (1-0)||Kevin O’Connor (0-5)||Anthony Crowley (0-1)|
|John Lane (0-3)||Shane Murphy||Brian O’Riordan (0-1)|